Militant Killed In Awantipora Encounter: Police

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Srinagar- Police on Tuesday claimed to have killed a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Police, army’s 42 RR and the personnel of CRPF 130 battalion launched a cordon and search operation in Charsoo village of Awantipora on Tuesday after receiving specific about the presence of militants, a police spokesperson said.

During the search operation, he said, the hiding militant fired indiscriminately upon the search team when they started proceeding towards the suspected spot. The fire, he said, was retaliated effectively leading to an encounter.

In the ensuing encounter, the spokesperson said a militant was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter.
Police identified him as Owais Raja of Subhanpora.

As per police records, the spokesperson said Raja was a categorized LeT militant and was part of group involved in several “terror crime cases including attack on Police/SF and civilian atrocities”.

He quoted IGP Kashmir terming the operation very important due to its proximity to highway and imminent threat.

The spokesperson also claimed to have recovered incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including 1 AK-56 rifle, 3 AK Magazines and 80 AK rounds from the site of encounter.

He said that all the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation.

“In this regard, a case under relevant sections of law has been registered and investigation has been initiated. People are requested to cooperate with Police till the area at encounter site is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any,” the spokesperson said.

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